While workers in the rest of Europe are accepting to work four day weeks or part-time, or take periods of semi-paid leave, employees in Britain have been working six-day weeks to keep their jobs, according to a survey out Tuesday.
Fifty percent of UK staff were working overtime since the financial crisis began to keep their jobs, according to BT Business.
"These findings reflect the length that employees are willing to go to, to keep Britain's economy afloat," Bill Murphy, managing director of BT Business, said in the report.
More than a third of the 4,000 Britons interviewed felt compelled to work over their contracted hours every week, with most working an average of 7 extra hours per week — the equivalent of an extra day — and collectively putting £200 million ($332 million) in extra hours into the UK economy each week, according to BT's report.
The report also showed a clear gender split, with men more likely to be putting in the extra hours.
Another of the reasons for the increase in hours is the decrease in manpower as colleagues lost their jobs and companies refocused on improving customer service, the survey said.
But more than 40 percent of the respondents said the situation was being exacerbated by time being wasted in the workplace because staff are not fully qualified for the shoes they have to fill, the report found.
"Employers should look to match these efforts by equipping staff with what they need to become more efficient," Murphy said.